The 2007 season was a tease for the Muhlenberg softball team. The Mules
had several outstanding days on which they appeared to be poised to get on
a roll, but they never did.
Senior Nicole Washburn was fifth in the CC with a 1.82
ERA in league games, but lack of run support led to a 4-11 record. She
finished her career fifth in team history with a 2.50 ERA.
Muhlenberg finished the season with a 9-23 record, snapping an incredible
run of 22 straight years with double digits in victories a College
record for all sports.
The Mules looked like playoff contenders when they started out 5-3 in the
Centennial Conference. Muhlenberg averaged nearly seven runs a game in
splitting with Gettysburg (the eventual CC champion) and sweeping Franklin
& Marshall, but then was shut out in both ends of a twinbill against
In an ensuing doubleheader sweep of Washington, the Mules scored 13 runs
on 18 hits in the second game. The bats died down for good after those
games, however. The team scored only nine runs in its remaining 10 games,
winning just once. That one win came in extra innings against CC
regular-season champion Ursinus, showing that Muhlenberg was capable of
playing at a high level.
Marinchak led the Mules with 21 runs scored and started
every game in center field without making an error.
On their season-opening trip to Florida, the Mules battled preseason No. 1
Muskingum tough in a 4-3 loss. They had another near-miss back north when
they were five outs away from their first win in 28 games against The
College of New Jersey, but a four-run sixth inning resulted in an 8-5
For the first time in their history, the Mules hit two grand slams in a
season. Senior shortstop Tina Roth hit an inside-the-park slam in a
9-6 win against Heidelberg, and sophomore catcher RiRi Ferrigno
drove in four with one swing at Franklin & Marshall. Roth earned
second-team All-CC honors after hitting .346 in CC games (.280 overall),
while Ferrigno led the team in RBI for the second year in a row, with 21.
Senior Hilary Marinchak sparked the team from her leadoff spot,
hitting a team-beat .291 with 15 stolen bases to earn All-CC honorable
mention. Sophomore Samantha Crist ranked among the CC batting
leaders for much of the season before finishing with a .287 average.